Preparing Your Home For Sale

Selling your home could be as simple as a fresh coat of paint.

Add value to your home.

Will a can of paint amount to thousands of dollars added to your sales price? It could. Because while you know your home is valuable, sometimes all it takes is a few little improvements to help potential buyers see it too. 

We’ve outlined the most popular upgrades below. Our agents can help prioritize each by determining which projects will add the most value based on your specific home, neighborhood and market.  


Tips to get you started.

Indoors

  • Declutter
    Your closet looks twice as big with half the clutter.
  • Paint
    A fresh coat of paint serves as a blank canvas to potential buyers.
  • Decorate
    Prove that each room has purpose, but don't overdo it.
  • Brighten
    Natural lighting really does help lift the mood and make a room look larger.

Outdoors

  • Exterior
    A fresh coat of paint really can make any exterior look new again.
  • Landscape
    If the landscaping is bad, they likely won't step inside.
  • Garage
    Prove that both cars can actually fit by tidying up.
  • Patio & Deck
    Set up the patio as if your friends were coming over for a barbeque.

Home Improvements

Wondering which home improvements will help you sell your home fast?

The following information is from a national real estate marketing publication. It should be used only as a general guide to ranking the importance of these improvements. Many factors will affect the appraiser's opinion of these improvements including, location, value range of home, market trends, age of home and quality of improvement.


Percentage of your investment that is recouped at resale:

Improvements

  • 150% | Remodeled Kitchen
    A kitchen update can reward a seller with a sizable payback. Just remember though; splurging on fancy finishing materials or sophisticated equipment may cut into your profit. Keep it simple.
  • 100% | Revitalized Lawn and Garden
    A verdant lawn and a modest but colorful flowerbed will entice potential buyers. The few hundred dollars invested may yield several thousands in profit.
  • 100% | Fireplace
    Especially if it is energy efficient, such as a gas-powered model, a fireplace holds the promise of cozy family gatherings around the warmth of the hearth.
  • 90% | Second Bathroom
    All it takes is a simple 5x9 foot extra bathroom to make mornings more civilized for most families. But don't count on a return on extras like a heat lamp or whirlpool tub.
  • 80% | Room Addition
    For the most attractive return of your investment dollars later on, the added room should be today's popular family room or a third bedroom.
  • 60 - 80% | Remodeled Bathroom
    A master bathroom is on many buyer's list, so invest here. If you own only one bathroom, install two sinks or a double vanity to handle the morning crowd.
  • 70% | Expanded Master Suite
    To keep costs down, try to find extra space to create this wish list item by combining existing rooms and spaces. Heavy structural work entailed by adding square feet diminishes your return.
  • 70% | Deck
    Outdoor living space is a desirable asset no matter where the locale. No maintenance decking material leaves lots more leisure time, too.

Improvements

  • 50% | Exterior Paint
    Sprucing up tired siding, trim, etc., can take years off the look of an older house.
  • 50% | Finished Attic
    You can expect to recoup more of your investment if you make sure the renovation does not detract from the aesthetics of your home. It is especially attractive as an extra bedroom in a small house.
  • 40% | Finished Basement
    This is a great way to gain added living space without building a costly addition. If the basement has an access door to the outdoors, the project becomes more valuable.
  • 40% | Heating Systems
    Replace it only if your old system is dysfunctional. Depending upon a buyer's priorities, a new energy efficient furnace may or may not be a selling advantage.
  • 35% | New Windows and Doors
    Buyers appreciate changes that improve the look of a house, so attractive new French doors, for example, may be a plus. Energy efficient units are an ecological boom, but may be a resale bust.
  • 30% | Garage
    Don't go overboard to blend it into your home's architectural style. Its desirability increases if you live in a part of the country with a harsh climate.
  • 0% | Swimming Pool
    Unless you live where the sun always shines, such as Southern California, this luxury item can detract from your resale profit.

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